$3 Billion Solution for L.A.'s Atrocious Potholes
We have some of the worst roads in the nation. How bad are they? They cost everyone of us about $750 a year extra to repair wheels, tires, suspension and other vehicular maladies, according to L.A. City Hall. They're so bad we even have a potholes website.
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They're so bad that two of the L.A. City Council's most conservative members are asking for $3 billion in additional spending on street repair:
Wait, aren't they supposed to be about small government? Yeah, this shit's going to take a village.
According to the proposal by Joe Buscaino and Mitch Englander, the city should study floating $3 billion worth of bonds to get some serious road repair going, or else face far greater costs as our streets continue to crumble.
They're calling the idea "Save Our Streets." Today the L.A. City Council unanimously approved studying the idea, which would put the bond measure before a citywide vote in November 2014.
In a joint statement, the offices of both councilman say:
Chronic underfunding of street maintenance from the 1950s-1990s led to the deterioration of 8,700 miles of city streets that now must be completely reconstructed. At the current rate of repair, it would take 60 years to reconstruct all 8,700 miles.
Chronic underfunding? Sounds like a leftist conspiracy. Of course, this is the No. 1 issue among citizens of our fair city.
Our streets are the foundation of our city. Poor pavement conditions affect every Angeleno, every day, whether by increased traffic, slower public safety response or decreased property values. It is vital that we invest in our infrastructure to improve our quality of life and our city
Read all kinds of data about the sad state of our streets here.